HURRICANE LAURA

Hurricane Laura was a deadly and damaging Category 4 Atlantic hurricane that made landfall in the U.S state of Louisiana. The first major hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Laura originated from a large tropical wave that moved off the West African coast on August 16 and became a tropical depression on August 20. It intensified into a tropical storm a day later.  Laura first hit the Lesser Antilles and brushed Puerto Rico as a tropical storm, then moved across the island of Hispaniola, killing 31 people in Haiti and 4 in the Dominican Republic. The storm then moved across the length of Cuba, prompting the evacuation of more than 260,000 people there. Subsequently, the outer rainbands extended into the Florida Keys and South Florida. Laura then moved across the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening slowly at first, before a period of rapid intensification on August 26. That day, Laura became a major hurricane, and later attained peak 1-minute sustained winds of 150 mph (240 km/h), making it a strong Category 4 hurricane.

Early on August 27, Laura made landfall near peak intensity in Cameron, Louisiana. This was the tenth-strongest U.S. hurricane landfall by wind speed on record. The storm caused the deaths of at least 24 people in the U.S. and inflicted an estimated $8.7 billion in insured damage on southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. Overall, Laura caused more than $8.9 billion in damage and 59 deaths.

Team 180 immediately took action, and began gathering supplies and recruits to head toward Louisiana, once the flood waters resided. Team 180 hit the streets, delivering food, cleaning supplies, housing supplies, and HOPE to victims of the hurricane.